"The author's voice is nuanced by her wide knowledge of Islam, of feminism, and of life. One comes to know these women well, and to care about them. I was often deeply moved, and I was also often moved to laughter by the zany, Marx Brothers-like collisions between the registers of East and West, or medicine and religion, or just between the wits of these gutsy, self-aware women and the flat-footed male establishment." - Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade "Malti-Douglas crosses linguistic, cultural, national, and religious frontiers; she gives consistency to an Islamic revival differentiated from Islamic fundamentalism, challenging methods, programs, and problematizations of the social and political sciences applied to the study of the contemporary Islamic textual corpus." - Mohammed Arkoun, editor of Arabica"
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"This is an exceptional collectionthe subject is of obvious importance, yet terribly undertheorized and unexamined. I know of no other work that offers what this collection provides."Marcia Millman, author of Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat in America
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". . . A valuable contribution to scholarly debates on the place of excessive bodies in contemporary culture. This book promises to enrich all areas of inquiry related to the politics of bodies."Carole Spitzack, author of Confessing Excess: Women and the Politics of Body Reduction
"This anthology includes a wide range of perceptive and original essays, which explore and analyze the underlying ideologies that have made fat "incorrect." Echoing the spirit of the nineteenth-century adage about children who should be neither seen nor heard, some of the authors powerfully remind us that we keep "bodies out of bound" silenced and unseen-unless, of course, we need to peek at the comic or grotesque."Raquel Salgado Scherr, co-author of Face Value: The Politics of Beauty
"Through textual analyses, video/film analyses, television theory, and literary theory, this collection demonstrates the various ways in which dominant representations of fat and corpulence have been both demonized and rendered invisible. . . . This volume will be a crucial corollary to work on the tyranny of slenderness; a collection of different perspectives on the fat body is sorely missing in women's studies, communication, and media studies."Sarah Banet-Weiser, author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity